The National Geographic Bee is rapidly approaching and will be held on March 31, 2017. The National Geographic Bee is a yearly competition meant to inspire young minds to learn more about the world. It is put on by the National Geographic Society. Students all over the nation in 10,000 schools will compete in the bee for scholarships and the title of National Geographic Bee Champion. You can find all of the qualifiers on National Geographic's website. Best of luck to all those involved in the Bee and great job at spreading the importance about knowing about the world around us all.
A New Country: July 9, 2011
On July 8, 2011 South Sudan became a country after seceding from Sudan. There are now officially 196 countries in the world.
Ipad Apps Encourage Learning Geography: June 6, 2011
Everyone would love to travel the world with their children, to show up close about the animals and geography of different places. With an Ipad app children are able to "travel" and have fun learning about different places. One such app is Ansel & Clair's Adventures in Africa, it offers children the ability to explore three regions of Africa: the Nile Valley, the Sahara Desert and the Serengeti Plains. By clicking on a variety of animals, plants, and more children can learn about the continent. At the same time of being educational the app is fun for kids as the story involves them helping an alien and robot find missing parts to their spaceship while exploring the continent. The app only cost $4.99 and was given four out of four stars by USA Today. Ipad and cellphone apps could be a strong development in the future of education.
Meteorology and Geography Kid's Day: May 8, 2011
Children of all ages, ranging from first graders to fifth graders, were treated to a Meteorology and Geography Kid's Day this Saturday, May 7, 2011. This special day was put on by the Northern Illinois University Chapter of the American Meteorological Society. The American Meteorological Society have sponsored numerous events and trips. The society teamed up with the Geography Club to host this event, where children learned about weather and encouraged to understand it so as not to be frightened by it. Additionally, children were encouraged to see geography for more than just states and capitals. More on this story can be found The Republic and future events of the American Meteorological Society can be found on your events calendar at their blog.
Rowing Across the Atlantic Ocean: March 6, 2011
More than 5,000 kilometers, or more than 3,000 miles, the second largest ocean was rowed across. Such a journey would be a phenomenal accomplishment for any person but Tom Butscher is leaving people in amazement. The sixty-seven-year-old rowed across the Atlantic Ocean in 52 days, traveling from Morocco to Barbados. His days consisted of 12 hours of rowing and 2 hours at a time for sleeping. Upon reaching Barbados celebration of his return to dry land was in order. The Toronto Island man became the oldest man to row across the Atlantic. As reported by TheStar.com Butscher commented on his daily routine, "I didn't really notice how tired I was until maybe two days ago, can you believe it?"